|Garbage along the banks of the Ganga River.
Despite the fact that it is a sacred river, with
extraordinary religious importance for Hindus,
and that it provides water for 40% of India,
it is one of the most polluted rivers in the world.
|The sales team was on it. Ready to sell us little
leaf bowls with flowers and a candle to float a
wish upon the river. These little urchins were
quite insistent. We bought enough for our whole
group to make one wish each.
|Beggars lined up in Varanasi. It’s impossible to know
which are independent and which are syndicated,
collecting for a boss who gives them a finder’s fee.
|Up to 200 cremations per day take place along the
Ganges river. We saw 14 cremations happening
at the same time.
Every evening at sunset, and invocation is given to
the River Ganges in a ceremony with seven priests,
swinging around pots of incense and brass oil lamps
in synchronization to pulsating tribal music.
|We floated our leaf bowls in the water with a wish each. Seeing the families grieving on the shore
was intensely moving. A realization of the brevity of life, and how lucky we are to still be holding hands.